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Fashion Date: Circa 1870-1873

Hairstyle Description: The use of false hair to achieve fantastic hairstyles were very prevalent in this era,and I would say she has at the least a couple of "topsies" (rats) in there to give it the full puff over her mane. She has a good sized "silk" flower arranged in her hair on one side, and several long ringlets falling from back- this is really more "evening" hairstyle.

Costume Description: A very stylish lady with very up to date jewelry. Her dress is not typical of a ball gown... with the finely striped fabric, real lace collar, and sharp construction (you can even see the piping). This is more likely a dress worn to a "musicale" or dinner party- where low gowns were not appropriate. She seems to have tossed a shawl over one shoulder.

Identification Marks on Photo

Name of Sitter: None provided

Type of Photo: Tintype, Size of image, 2" W X 3.25" H

Studio: None provided

Studio Location: None provided

Date: None provided

Other information: None provided

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Disclaimer:The photos located on this website, "A Brush with History: Vintage Hairstyles," are property of The Costume Gallery collection. They may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Penny E. Ladnier, owner of The Costume Gallery. The circa dates given for the photos are an educated guess, from analyzing the fashions worn in the photo. When an actual date is provided on the photo, that date will be included in the identification marks section. The location stated by the studio may be a clue as to where this photo was taken. Please take it as a clue. Many photographers traveled to locations and took photographs… meaning that the photo may not have been taken in the same city or town as the address of the studio.

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